Date: October 14 & 15, 2014
Venue: Aldgate Congress Hotel, 308 Abacha Road, GRA Phase III, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Linking Youth to Employability and Entrepreneurship Skills
About the Youth Link
The Youth Link serves as a platform for discussion, networking and action that focus on enablers for Â shaping and instilling a positive attitude in young people. It also provide an opportunity for like-minded organizations and individuals to inform and influence policies and approaches that promote results oriented programs for unlocking opportunities for youth in Niger Delta. It is designed to promote the right skills sets for the world of work, entrepreneurship and contribution to the development of the Niger Delta.
Rationale for 2014 Youth Link Forum
For over two decades, the federal government has invested substantially in youth employment generation and economic empowerment policies. While government investments in employment programs are commendable, there are concerns about the transparency, operational effectiveness,
politicization and actual benefits of some of the programs. These challenges have implications for the prospects of the programs contributing to reducing youth unemployment (NSRP 2014).
During the inception phase of PIND, a Niger Delta Youth assessment study was conducted in Bayelsa,
Delta, Rivers, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Abia and Edo state in 2012. Information was elicited from young people between the ages of 15-35. Findings from the study revealed that youth in the region were portrayed as poorly educated, lacking job skills, and prone to militancy or violence and have an â€œentitlement mentalityâ€. On the contrary, young people saw themselves as having great potential and motivation to improve their circumstances. However, they described their lack of access to skills or resources that could assist them in succeeding as a major obstacle to their development.
All research participants (young people, government officials, and private sector employers) recommended that young people in the Niger Delta require employability training and support. The need for life skills, such as teamwork, communication, and conflict management, was seen as
particularly important. Additionally, there was a shared belief that youth would also benefit from programs that provide them with training and capital support to create small businesses. In a recent study, the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program (NSRP) a program funded by UK
Department for International Development (DFID) attempted to answer the question: whether Nigeriaâ€™sÂ youth and by extension the country as a whole stand to be winners or losers from the overallÂ government response to unemployment. Findings from the research revealed that most of theÂ government youth employment and empowerment interventions were found to:
Inspired by these findings and recommendations from the PIND Youth assessment study, PIND and herÂ partners is organizing a two day â€œYouth Link Forumâ€.
Objectives of 2014 Youth Link Forum
Benefits for participating Youth
The Youth Forum will include panel sessions and breakout workshops that build capacity for youth.
Workshops will provide young people new skills and knowledge on how to:
Benefits for participating Government Institutions, Youth serving organizations and Private sector
1. Entrepreneurship development opportunities
2. Employability skills for Youth
3. Peace, Conflict and Livelihoods
4. Cross Cutting issues
The Youth link is open for final year undergraduates, graduates of tertiary institutions and self-employed youth who live and work in the Niger Delta region and are between the ages of 18 â€“ 35 years. The forum is also open to any organization working on topics related to youth advocacy, governance, youth development, youth programs and policies, youth entrepreneurship, youth accountability, youth
participation, or a related field.
The target number of participants for this forum is between 500 youth selected across the Niger Delta region.
Call for Participation
The Youth Link 2014 is open to everyone who is interested in this yearâ€™s theme of Linking Youth to Employment and Entrepreneurship skills. However due to space limitations and in the interest of maximizing the impact of the event, we encourage everyone to submit an online application and motivation for attending the event. The application form can be accessed via www.pindfoundation.orgÂ and www.ndlink.org. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail within 1-2 weeks from the receipt of their complete online application and receipt of their motivation letter.
Confirmed speakers and panelists for the Forum
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